Truckmaker doubles down on regional alternative fuel drive after refinery reopens

Tony Hartin and Anthony King


Scania Australia has signed a biodiesel distribution memorandum of understanding Victorian fuel transport and logistics firm Refuelling Solutions.

The move that aims to bring greater access for its truck and bus customers to low-emission alternative and renewable fuels, follows several recent supply and transport deals in eastern Australian states.

For Scania, the partnership is part of Scania’s strategy to remove barriers to all types of operators considering making the shift towards a sustainable transport system, with the adoption of low emission fuel being the first and most significant step in the short term.

"We have been seeking partners who are committed to supplying alternative and renewable fuels of a high, consistent and reliable standard that can be used as genuine substitutes for regular diesel across the heavy vehicle industry," Scania Australia sustainable solutions manager Anthony King says.

"To date we have signed MOUs for the supply of biodiesel from Just Biodiesel, as well as Ecotech Biodiesel, Ethanol fuel supplier Wilmar Bioethanol Australia, and the ENGV Group – infrastructure suppliers and consultants for natural gas and biogas.

"Now we are very pleased to welcome Refuelling Solutions to this group of low emission fuel suppliers, as the business plays a vital role in the distribution of low emission fuel to a cross-section of fuel consumers, as well as transporting B100 base stock fuel to refineries for blending to various levels, for wide distribution. "

The announcement follows the Just Biodiesel refinery event in July, at which both Refuelling Solutions and Scania were prominent.

Read Scania’s response to the Just Biodiesel plant reopening, here

"All of this activity plays a role in reducing CO2 emissions by heavy transport fleets and heavy machinery," King says.

"Furthermore, at Scania, we are keen to assist in the strengthening of Australia’s energy self-sufficiency and security, reducing reliance on imports, which as we have seen in recent weeks, are sensitive to dramatic price fluctuations as a result of actions overseas completely beyond our control."

Under the terms of the MOU, Refuelling Solutions will support Scania’s bid to expand sales of trucks, buses and industrial and marine engines that can run on biofuels. Scania has one of the largest ranges of alternative and renewable fuel-ready engines and has been offering some of these in Australia for some time.

Refuelling Solutions founder and MD Tony Hartin backs the new fuels trend that Scania is invested in.

"We aim to deliver solutions that improve refuelling productivity, convenience, reliability and safety for our customer’s businesses, and we are dedicated to continually evolving the way we service our customers," Hartin says.

"The rise in interest in alternative and renewable fuels, and the increasing number of vehicles that can consume these products delivers an opportunity for our business and we are pleased to form a partnership with Scania to play a role in helping to reduce the environmental impact of fuel consumed by our customers."

Refuelling Solutions is a 30-year-old Australian-owned and run business that began supplying fuel through its Mini-Tankers operation to onsite equipment in 1987.

Since then it has grown to be a national supplier of fuels to a wide variety of consumers, from primary industries and mining, to major national civil and commercial infrastructure projects.

 "We cannot act alone. We need strategic partnerships to assist us in driving the shift towards sustainable transport solutions," King says.


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